(Closed) What % show up?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve heard from a number of people that for in-town weddings, assume 10-15% will decline and for out-of-town weddings, 20-25%. However, this was before the economy started to go downhill, so I wouldn’t be surprised with a ~30% decline rate for my out-of-town wedding.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I don’t think you’re far off.  We had about 45% decline or not show after sending an RSVP indicating they would be there.  About half of those were people we didn’t expect to attend right from the start (mostly Out of Town friends and relatives we knew probably couldn’t make it and a handful of others who were pregnant and expecting within a week of our wedding).  We invited about 350 and had 192 actually show up. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I agree that it definitely depends on your ratio of local and out-of-town. Virtually all the local people will be attending, but I’d say two-thirds of out-of-town family and friends will be attending.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve always heard that 20% of the people you invite will not show up. From the weddings i’ve  been to and been in, this seems like it’s pretty close.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

i would not count on it! haha. we planned on that 15-20% not coming…and we had 2 declines. TWO! we were overbooked and crowded all night.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We are having a small wedding (60 people) and we invited about 63 people…..only 2-3 are not coming!  We will be right at 60, maybe 61.  I was surprised.  And we’re getting married at a venue that is at least 1 hour away from where everyone lives….for some it’s a little further…AND it’s on a Friday which means most people have to take off a little early that day.  I was pleasantly surprised at how many people ARE coming to our wedding

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I hope most of you are right and our decline rate is 20-30%! My Future Mother-In-Law keeps saying not to wish that, but if not, we are going to be crushed like sardines into the ballroom. We are inviting 364, but a lot of those are out-of-towners or famlies with children who might not attend. I really need less than 300 to be there. AHH! So stressful to think about.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

With such a large head count, I would say 20-30% won’t show.  If you are only inviting 60 people, they tend to be people you socialize with and see on more of a daily basis, so they are more likely to come.  So many at my wedding were cousins that I hadn’t seen in years. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Can more people post the results from their weddings? As of today, our potential guest list is at 215 and the place I have just booked holds 160.  I’m assuming we will be just fine 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

We invited 200, 140 came.  But quite a few were cousins I hadn’t heard from in a while, so I think thats why I’m at 70%.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

We invited 172 and 123 came to the wedding, about 71%   There were a few of the ones I thought were "guaranteed no’s" who actually end up attending. it was a pleasant surprise.

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